Author: H.J. Rose
Product Code: 3170
ISBN: 978-0-86516-317-1
Pages: 591
Availability: In stock
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This edition provides complete analyses of all known major works of Latin literature, setting them in their historical context and alongside their contemporaries, rating their relative importance in their own time and in later periods, and exploring their influence on subsequent literatures and Western civilization.

Each known work is discussed and analyzed: content, chronology, genre, significance, meaning, genetic relationship to other works, ancient and modern scholarship, and influence.

This text is a must for anyone who teaches or reads Latin and/or Modern Literature.

Special Features

  • Indispensable reference tool for teachers and students
  • Unique, affordable, comprehensive edition
  • Astute and sensitive analysis
  • Unsurpassed in scholarship and usefulness
  • Extensive bibliography by Professor E. Courtney
  • All authors of Pagan and Christian Latin literature including: Augustine, Boethius, Caesar, Catullus, Cicero, Horace, Livy, Lucretius, Martial, Ovid, Plautus, Servius, Terence, Vergil


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Review: (London) Times Literary Supplement - September 28, 2005
[Rose’s] book in fact has its value as a dictionary of Latin literature besides that of a history.
Review by: "Wumouse", - August 31, 2003
Having studied Latin all throughout high school, I was thoroughly proficient in grammar and mythology. However, I always felt lacking when it came to the wealth of Latin literature available. Studying Vergil's epic, the Aeneid, took a year in itself. At this rate, I would never become substantially familiar with Latin literature. Then I was introduced to A Handbook of Latin Literature, a comprehensive reference of all significant authors and works. While the degree of detail makes this book no easy read, the same factor makes it extremely useful, as I can just look up any author or work when I come across an unfamiliar reference and learn everything I need to know. For the Latin scholar, I highly recommend this book as a collection of facts about literature. For the rest of us, A Handbook of Latin Literature serves as an excellent reference book for a topic that is too often ignored.

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